The 34th edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST), has ended with the host state, Ekiti emerging as overall winner.
Rivers State took the second position at the festival held in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state, while Bayelsa and Benue states joint third position, Delta and Nasarawa states came fourth while Ogun and Lagos states got the fifth position.
Rivers state, the treasure base of the nation, also won the best costume state, the state with the largest contingents for 34th NAFEST and best in synergy and teamwork.
Rivers state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mrs Tonye Briggs-Oniyide who expressed her excitement said that the position was keenly contested and would spur the state to do more in promoting nation’s culture.
For the most improved state, Jigawa and Gombe states won; Ondo, Nasarawa and Kano states won the most creative and innovative states in design packaging and presentation while Borno, Kaduna and Benue states won most consistent states.
Osun, Niger and Zamfara states got the best entrepreneur state; Bauchi, Plateau and Abia states won the best in digital marketing of Arts while Lagos, Rivers, Ogun states and the Federal Capital Territory got the best in synergy and teamwork.
For the competitive events in Traditional cuisine competition, FCT and Imo got 5th position, Bayelsa state came fouth, Ekiti and Delta states won third position, Nasarawa state took second while Rivers state emerged first.
Lagos state bagged 5th position I’m children easy writing while Nasarawa state came 4th, Gombe state got third position, Benue state had second position while Ekiti state and Rivers State emerged first.
In children’s arts and crafts competition, FCT got 5th position, Benue state won fourth, Ogun state had third position, Lagos State took second position while Ekiti state emerged first.
For archery competition, Kaduna state got fourth position, Rivers, third, Borno state, second while Ekiti and Nasarawa states ere joint winners.
In a remark the governor of Ekiti state Dr Kayode Fayemi who commended Ekiti state for taking the overall winner position said all the states are winners in their different categories.
The Director General of National Council For Arts and Culture Otunba Runsewe who urged Nigerians to learn how to tell their positive stories said the country has more things that will unites them than separate them particularly Culture and sports.
He commended Ekiti state for taking giant stride of hosting the 34th edition of NAFEST.
The theme for the festival was “Celebrating, National Unity in Diversity” as over 30 states of the federation featured at the event.